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The Failed War on Drugs: An Infographic

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I love debating this topic.

The phony war on drugs argument cannot be lost if your on the right side of the argument. You don't even have be a great debater or speaker to win this argument. I have had this debate with so many people and I always walk away feeling happy and confident. The opposing party usually walks away with a weak closing argument like, "well, I just think the war on drugs is necessary because it is." Once you've debunked the usually arguments like, our kids will be safer once all these drugs are off the streets, we are all safer because drug dealers get put in prison, etc, the only argument they have left is, "just because." Disproving their dillusions about us being safer because of this war is just half the battle. The best part is exposing that not only are we not safer because of this war but our safety is actually compromised. Much like we created demand for the MOB in the 20's through prohibition, we now create a demand for drug cartels through the war on drugs.. The drug cartels love this war and if it's good for them than how can it be good for us??

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...because these same people have walked away with a "just because" answer when you discuss Paul's foreign policy. Their arguments end up with no logical answers or responses. These people would be much smarter if they did a little research instead of having their thoughts filled by Fox News & Rush Limbaugh(former drug user).

Great graphic

Thanks for sharing

"In the end, more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all -- security, comfort, and freedom. When ... the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free."

A war on drug

A "war on drug" is much like The Federal Reserve. A monopoly on supply.

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Failed? To whom has it

Failed? To whom has it failed? Certainly not the government. The government has stolen billions maybe hundreds of billions from seizures, thefts, rip offs, everybody knows how mucg government claims it costs to "house an inmate". Every inmate is a walking dollar as that money to "house him/her" has to be raised from everyone and you know what? Most of the sheeple are happy to give more to keep us all "safe".

So as far as the war on drugs failing, identify who it's failed as it sure as hell hasn't failed government.

I'll tell you one thing, any country that locks it's citizens in cages because they choose to ingest whatever, for whatever reason has no standing in commenting on ANY other countries human rights records and it's a regime that deserves no support whatsoever from anyone. Shame on those who support this immoral war on people to make money under some other b/s pretense.

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good things is my religion. Thomas Paine, Godfather of the American Revolution

That Might Explain Government Policies!

I would guess the largest dealing and use of drugs is from within Government. Which may go a long way towards explaining Government drug and other policies!

"...Methylone Before It Was Banned By The Federal Government."

Most do not give that statement a second thought,
For limits on government power—they were not taught.
Where did fed acquire the power to regulate Methylone?
Answer: the same place as for O-care—the Twilight zone.

Why was it necessary amend the Constitution to ban alcohol?
Answer: before FDR—there existed Constitutional protocol.
The Constitution blocked FDR—Dems defiled it with malice;
They control education—it’s hidden from the populace.

Now Blind Sheep believe fed is authorized for all solutions,
Mr. Jefferson believed it is our duty to initiate revolution!
Do think they might consider me to be a terrorist...
For repeating Mr. Jefferson’s words...?

Uh oh, I forgot to unlearn...

T Kosciuszko

Reason cannot contemplate to conclusion,
That interstate commerce in the Constitution,
Includes growing what is forbidden,
In your own backyard garden.

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WTF.... WTF... WTF....

We are on the eve of the national end the fed rallies and where is the end the fed post, it should be kept on the front cover at least till the 22nd ends... Yes I know Adam Kokesh is an organiser and if you don't like him go to the other side of the fed building or goto the fed building in your state and start your own rally.. for this shit to go global we need you Americans to make a big stink about it. You are letting down the team big time. How can I sell this concept to south Africans if you guys aren't amassing by the hundreds of thousands outside FEd buildings making youtube videos.... you guys need to bring your A GAME.


Here is link to one I made.. if you don't like it make your own one up, I don't care, just get it to front page http://www.dailypaul.com/255310/international-end-the-fed-da...

I wonder if there has been more murders from the war than O.D's

I wouldnt be surprised if more people die from the war itself than the actual drugs.

it is so obvious that it is a racket... and the media is talking about a movie trailer spreading anti-Americanism overseas rather than looking at our own country for reasons.

this is absurd.... people need to wake up

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how I attack the drug war when talking with friends:

My most successful argument with friends and family that previously supported the drug war is pointing out that drug use is rampant in prisons. I tell them, look if prisons can't even keep prisoners from getting drugs on a consistent basis, then what sort of police state will we need to be living in before the can win the war on drugs out in America's streets and even in our rural towns. Once people see that even prisons can't keep drugs out, the admit we can't keep drugs out of a whole nation and agree we need to look at alternatives.

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Great graphic. I can copy the url but can't

seem to embed the image on F.B.

Big bump

This needs to go viral.

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War on Drugs is Corporate Welfare

The reason we have a war on people who use certain kinds of drugs is that the government, Obama and Romney. is protecting the profits of the alcohol and pharmaceutical companies ,you know the people that put the suicide warnings on their labels, they are serving them not us. Here is another very clear difference between Gary Johnson and the Republicans and Democrats. He wants you to decide in own best interests what drugs you are going to use they want the government to decide in its own best interest what drugs you can use and the fact is that the government makes very bad decisions all the time.


Keith Halderman

An info graphic on the number

An info graphic on the number of deaths/violence/problems/etc due to the war on drugs verses the number of deaths/violence/problems/etc due to the drugs themselves would be very effective.

why price of cocaine listed

Honestly, I don't think the price of cocaine needs to be included as most people that this chart could inform will ask just like you, why is that there?

But the reason the number is telling is because if the war on drugs were actually cutting down availability then cost would go up, but the price is dropping suggesting despite spending 1 trillion dollars trying to keep drugs off our streets they are actually more abundant than before the war on drugs started. (note: that analysis leaves out the demand side of supply vs demand; since demand for cocaine seems to also have dropped, at least part of the price drop would result from decreased demand and not increased supply)

Total cost of the Curiosity mission is $2.5 Billion

So that was enough for 40 trips, not 10.

The sheer number of drug arrests is shocking and appalling.

With liberty and justice for all...who can afford it.

I agree the # of arrests is

I agree the # of arrests is terrible. Yet many supporters of the drug war I talk to try excusing that statistic by saying that most of those arrests are for criminals that robbed, raped, vandalized, etc...but police couldn't provided enough proof so they got them with the easier to prove drug charges. I don't buy that argument, but they do and thus they are find with millions of marijuana users being jailed b/c they pretend those are actually millions of rapists or arsonists that we just couldn't prove guilty of their real crimes.


Some people have a twisted view of what the word justice means. I had never heard that argument before, but they should try telling that to all the "stop and frisk" victims in NYC.

With liberty and justice for all...who can afford it.

Only 10% of Americans use illegal drugs?

I thought it was higher than that.

I wonder what the percentage is for "legal" drugs (like Celexa, Prozac, Viagra, etc.) ? I would put it well over 50%. Probably above 60%.

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I bet much higher. I never take prescription, "legal" drugs, and the fact that people think I'm "weird" or "crazy" for never taking advil, tylenol, etc. etc. (they do) shows that nearly everyone takes these "drugs" without even given second thoughts.

10% is probably...

...or has to be the ones that are on actual record for doing so. There is probably no records on the others. Just like unemployment is really higher than what they say. You know how that works.